Chocolate Orange Ice Cream (dairy-free, GAPS-friendly)

Do you ever buy those chocolate oranges that are sold around Christmas time? I used to LOVE those, but due to various food restrictions I haven’t eaten one in several years. That flavor combination is one I still think of wistfully, however, so the other day I decided to come up with an ice cream version of a chocolate orange. My efforts did not disappoint: this ice cream is awesome! I really think it tastes exactly like a chocolate orange in ice cream form (well, at least, what I remember a chocolate orange tasting like). If you like the chocolate plus orange flavor combo, you absolutely must try this ice cream.

A Few Notes on Ingredients

This recipe is completely dairy-free because it uses coconut cream or milk rather than cow’s milk. Even if you don’t have any dairy restrictions, , making coconut ice creams like this one is an easy and delicious way to eat more healthy coconut oil.

I don’t think the coconut flavor is very noticeable in this recipe. As I’ve said many times, though, my coconut tastes are pretty dulled from all of the coconut products we eat here, so your opinion may differ.

Chocolate Orange Coconut Ice Cream


3 1/2 cups coconut milk or coconut cream (find quality coconut milk/cream here)

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3 tablespoons honey

17 drops SweetLeaf clear liquid stevia (or substitute additional honey to taste)

1 teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment You’ll Need:

Blender OR mixing bowl and whisk

Ice cream maker


Mix coconut milk/cream, cocoa powder, honey, stevia, orange extract and vanilla extract in a blender or by hand until all ingredients are evenly mixed. Pour into your ice cream maker and process until your desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately or put in the freezer for a few hours to make it firmer. Store leftover ice cream in the freezer, preferably in a wide, shallow container to simplify future defrosting.

By the next day, your stored ice cream will have become very hard in the freezer. Just be sure to plan ahead when you want to eat it—it will probably need twenty or more minutes of defrosting on the counter before it can be served and eaten.


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7 Responses to Chocolate Orange Ice Cream (dairy-free, GAPS-friendly)

  1. jamie says:

    I am definitely going to try this when I get on the full GAPS diet! I can’t wait!!! I always loved the orange chocolates too!

  2. My mom used to love Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet at Baskin Robbins. Looked like sticky tar to me.

    Your ice cream looks so much better, Meghan!
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  3. Sarah says:

    I love chocolate orange anything! This sounds great – thanks for sharing. I am excited I can eat ice cream with real milk and cream again as I am coming off the GAPS diet :)
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